PLACE OF SKULLS - IN-GRAVED VINYL
Originally a solo project for Victor Griffin (Death Row, Pentagram), In-Graved was eventually released as a Place Of Skulls album. Place of Skulls, however, has generally been closer to melancholic doom metal mixed with hard rock. In-Graved expands on that template by adding more stoner rock grooves, 70's-style blues rock, classic rock, and longer, jam-based instrumental sections. The result? An enjoyable amalgam of styles that form the perfect back-drop for Griffin's soulful, gritty singing.
Melodically, songs like "Digital Critic," "Late For An Early Grave," and "Thorn In The Flesh" are among the best in the Place of Skulls catalog. The addition of Hammond organ (from Jeff Olsen of Trouble) adds to the 70's feel of the music, and gives it a wider texture.
Longer, slower songs like "Fading Flower" and "Love Song For The Dying" have a relaxed, jam-based mood that shows off the band's bluesier side.
If you are a fan of Place Of Skulls, Victor Griffin, or just stoner rock, doom metal, or blues-driven classic rock, there's plenty to like here.